Congratulations to the entire Irene Marie team for winning this year's beach volleyball tournament. The IM team played 8 games over a 2 day period and remained undefeated throughout the tournament. The entire agency family was there to cheer on our team including Irene herself. Pictures from the tournament are below:
You probably remember Erica Kern from her recent Maxim 'Model Citizen' feature. Erica can also be seen this month in Cosmo magazine for her See Thru Soul Jeans campaign. This month she was also interviewed and featured by Fight Magazine. Erica is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC. Congrats Erica!
Irene Marie Models will be competing in this year's NikkiPalooza. NikkiPalooza is an annual volleyball tournament between modeling agencies in South Florida. Last year Irene Marie took first place in the competition. NikkiPalooza will take place February 23-24, 11-4pm at Nikki Beach (1st and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach). Come out to support the Irene Marie team!
Ocean Drive Magazine celebrated its 15th year anniversary party by converting midtown Miami into a crystal pallace. Irene Marie Models Penelope Cordoba and Cindy Taylor walked the red carpet at the main event. The centerpiece of the Crystal Pallace was a 3 story display of models. Check out the images below:
Jay Howard, the twenty-six year
old champion of the 2006 Indy Pro Series (IPS), has just signed a deal to drive for Roth Racing for the 2008 Indy Racing League (IRL) season. The IRL is best know
for hosting the largest racing event in the world, the Indianapolis 500.
born in Basildon, England,
was racing mini karts on dirt tracks in England at age six. While racing
professionally in Europe from 1997 to 2004, he accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments including:
1997 – TKM British Open Winner 1998 – ICA Championship Driver for Terry Fullerton 1999 - ICA British Open Winner 2000 - Third Place, British Formula A Open 2003 - United Kingdom Formula Ford Zetec Winner, United Kingdom
Renault Winter Series Winner, BRDC Rising Star Honors 2004 – U.S. Formula Ford Zetec Winner
After moving to the United States in 2005, Jay continued racing professionally and the awards kept coming. In
2005, he was the U.S. Formula Ford Zetec Winner also winning Rookie of the Year
and Series Record Breaker in addition to becoming the Star Mazda Winner in the
In 2006, Jay added even more accolades to his resume
by becoming the Champion of the IPS and Rookie of the Year by scoring the top
points earned in the Series with 2
starts in the Pole Position, 2 Wins, 8 finishes in the Top 5, and 11 finishes
in the Top 10 with 11 starts and 11 finishes. Jay’s stats for 2007 in the IPS
are just as impressive with 2 starts in the Pole Position, 2 Wins, 8 finishes
in the Top 5, and 13 finishes in the Top 10 with 14 starts and 13 finishes.
To date, the strikingly handsome
driver, with the British accent and iconic hair holds a record of over 100 wins
(21 consecutive) and 50 pole positions.
Jay’s passion for the sport
doesn’t end at the track, he also gives back to the community, donating his
time at a camp teaching young racing drivers of the future the basics of kart
Irene Marie Model Tom Pricone has been with our agency for over 20 years. Q Models in New York wrote a great feature about it, mentioning how he was discovered and developed by Irene. Below is an excerpt from the story:
I think when you look at Tom
Pricone you instantly think "yep, he's a model". I mean it's pretty
obvious. He is extremely good looking, has an amazing body and a great fun
attitude. He is slightly older (he's 43 years old), 6'1" tall, Italian
American, and impeccably dressed. With all these great attributes you would
think he knows how good looking he is, but he is very humble and still surprised
at how blessed he is.
Pricone began his life in Conneticut, where he grew up and
attended college. His early fascination with karate consumed him, eventually
leading him to compete and teach martial arts. In 1986 at 26 years old, he moved
to South Florida with his brother and the
hopes of opening a karate school. One day a guy approached him about his
interest in modeling, laughing it off at first, Pricone eventually wandering
into Irene Marie Models (when it was located in Ft. Lauderdale, before its South Beach incarnation).
I totally didn't know what I was
doing," Pricone admits. "I was very uncomfortable and I hated having
my picture taken. But the next thing I knew, I was at Bal Harbor in a salon getting my haircut and then went to Key Biscayne to shoot Interview
Magazine, with photographer Al David. It was all beach stuff and I was very shy
about it all. When it came out I was stunned, I had a full page with my name on
But he didn't pursue it any further and returned home to Connecticut
where he entered the restaurant business for seven years before returning to South Florida. Upon his return in 1992, now 32 years old,
he investigated modeling again and wandered back into Irene Marie where he met
up with men's director Tino Baretta. On the second time around, Pricone began
to feel more comfortable, now traveling to Milan, NY, and Germany.
Brazilian bombshell Raija was just signed yesterday afternoon. We are so excited to have her as the latest addition to the Irene Marie family. We're sure you'll be seeing a lot of her in the near future.
This week Polaroid announced that they will no longer produce their famous instant cameras/images. In the modeling industry we still use the word 'polaroid' (or Polas) as a term to describe what a model looks like as of a certain day. Clients originally requested polaroids as evidence of what a model looked like without any retouching. Below are polaroids taken today of Irene Marie Models Tyler Wood.